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Minnesota students in the class of 2021 earned an average composite score of 21.6 on the ACT college readiness exam. This score is 0.3 percentage points higher than the class of 2020. While Minnesota typically sees a participation rate of at least 90% on the ACT, just 60% of students in the …

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RAMSEY COUNTY — When South Shore Boulevard and its parallel trail are constructed, flooded yards should be a thing of the past. 

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WHITE BEAR LAKE — Plans to close Hwy. 61 access into a strip mall and redesign a nearby intersection attracted a council chambers full of Rush Line opponents to a public hearing last week. 

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ST. PAUL — October is Dyslexia Awareness Month, and a grassroots group largely responsible for pushing significant legislation through the Capitol reflects on its progress over the last nine years. 

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Circle Pines resident Mildred Rivera Severseike finally got to meet her pen pal. She’s been writing to her since she was in the fourth grade — almost 50 years ago. 

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ST. PAUL — So far, 15 families in Gem Lake are drinking bottled water, courtesy of the state. 

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Some confusion over whether Zeus Electric Chassis is a car dealership was cleared up Sept. 20 at the White Bear Township Board meeting. The board continued a public hearing on a conditional use permit (CUP) application requested by Zeus.

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On September 19, the White Bear Lake Police Department responded to a report of a stolen vehicle from the Holiday Station at 4540 Centerville Road.  The vehicle, a 2014 white Dodge Charger, was taken while the driver was inside the store.  A 5-month old Pitbull, grey in color, was inside the…

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Later this week, a local veteran will lace up his running shoes and attempt to do the nearly impossible — all in hopes of spurring conversations and raising awareness of veteran suicide. 

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In a less than five-minute meeting, the White Bear Lake school board canceled its public forum in response to members of the audience who chose to attend the in-person meeting without wearing masks. 

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There are two documents central to the formation of the United States—the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Each September, Constitution Week commemorates the formation and signing of the latter. It kicks off on Sept. 17, a Friday this year, on what is known as Constitution Day.

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Have you ever wondered how community resources and events such as the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, or how Marketfest and the Lake Links Trail Project came to be?  They are just a few of the jewels that help make our area great, and they all came about through community leaders.  

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Marissa Blahnik has lived in White Bear Lake for the past 13 years, but grew up in New Jersey. On Sept. 11, 2001, at the age of 22, Blahnik was living in northern New Jersey and commuted to Midtown, New York, for her job at Court TV. 

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LINO LAKES — When family members were not allowed to visit their loved ones during the early months of the pandemic, frontline workers provided a hand to hold and a smile, even though you couldn’t always see it behind their personal protective equipment (PPE). 

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As we look out to our once active hummingbird feeders, we’re instantly reminded that the move is on. The return of fall brings the departure of many migratory birds in the midwest. While the result is a noticeable decrease at hummingbird feeders, rare hummingbirds can sometimes use a helping…

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AFTON — After his dreams of going into the Air Force were crushed by a utility terrain vehicle (UTV) accident when he was 17 years old, Cody Kaye didn't know what to do with the rest of his life.

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It came out earlier this summer that Minnesota is No. 1 in the nation— by a healthy margin— in the number of registered boats per capita. Approximately 819,000 total watercraft were registered in 2020, which was only a slight departure from earlier this century (812K and 814K in 2000 and 201…

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A 43-year-old man was reportedly swimming off a boat on White Bear Lake and went missing Friday, Aug. 20.  The emergency call came in to the White Bear Lake Fire Department at 1:42 p.m. White Bear Lake Fire, Ramsey County Sheriff’s Water Patrol, Ramsey County Sheriff’s Dive Team, Washington …

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Without water, there is less education going on. That statement from the founder of a Ugandan school for orphaned children pretty much sums up H2O for Life’s global mission. 

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An individual swimming in White Bear Lake off of Lake Avenue went under in the wind and weeds and did not resurface Friday, Aug. 20. Passengers sat helpless on the rental pontoon blown into the Lake Avenue shoreline while police, fire rescue and County boats searched. Emergency responders fo…

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It’s no secret that 2020 was a banner year for participation in outdoor activities, including everything water-related. That was good news for certain industries and our overall well-being. One negative consequence, however, was a marked rise in boating-related accidents and deaths.

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A Hugo home is one of 16, premium new-construction and remodeled million-dollar plus homes featured in the 20th annual Midwest Home Luxury Home Tour. 

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When Gary Powers Jr. heard famed director Steven Spielberg was working on a Cold War drama based on a prisoner exchange that involved his father, a U-2 pilot shot down over the Soviet Republic in 1960, he was worried. 

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At 2,400 acres, White Bear Lake is one of the bigger lakes in the area, and a hub of activity for anglers and boaters of all types. What most may not realize is that the lake has a vibrant sailing legacy that not only reaches back generations, but remains strong today — and continues to poin…

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STILLWATER — Even though the Lift Bridge loop trail has been open for a year, its grand opening has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The community will finally celebrate the newly constructed loop trail system that connects the historic Lift Bridge with the St. Croix River Crossing…

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The future of sustainable energy is changing fast, and Zeus Electric Chassis in White Bear Lake is one of the innovative businesses riding in on the storm front. 

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President of Reigstad Engineering Gordon Reigstad moved to White Bear Lake in 1989 with his family. Now, more than 30 years later, his sons Jared Reigstad and Jason Reigstad have helped their father expand the firm and develop a new product that will change the landscape of construction movi…

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The main message a local family hopes to get across by sharing their son’s health scare is to never ignore the warning signs. 

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Lake associations have been a part of Minnesota lake life for generations. Historically, they performed many functions, often recreational, safety-related and social. Whether founded recently or decades ago, however, addressing the threats of aquatic invasive species and other conservation w…

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News about aquatic invasive species (AIS) is becoming commonplace, andh newly discovered infestations are regularly making headlines. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has been combatting invasive plants, fish and invertebrates for decades across the state. But these days, the wa…